Kevin de Bruyne hits out over fixture pile-up and handball law – ‘I don’t know the rules anymore’

Manchester City star Kevin de Bruyne has launched a damning attack on football’s authorities over changes to the handball law and fixture congestion.

The Belgian star admitted he ‘doesn’t know the rules anymore’ after City had a goal chalked off in Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Tottenham when a VAR handball decision went against Gabriel Jesus.

The Brazilian was adjudged to have handled prior to teeing up Aymeric Laporte for what would have been an equaliser, but City’s players were convinced that the goal should have stood because it struck above the t-shirt line.

“I don’t know the rules anymore, honestly,” De Bruyne told Sky Sports. “I thought if it’s above the arm here it’s not handball anymore with the law changes but then it’s just like middle of the arm… honestly I don’t know the rules.

“If you listen tomorrow or the day after they will come on whatever channel and the referee will say it’s a good decision so it really doesn’t matter.

“I’ve been playing professional football for 12 years. In the first nine years there were no rule changes and in the last three years there’ve been a lot of rule changes. I don’t why, football is such a nice game. The people who make the rules should be people in the game. I don’t know who makes them.”

De Bruyne also voiced his frustration at the hectic schedule, which follows on from a summer when players hardly had a break because of the coronavirus delay to the end of last season.

“We had about seven days of pre-season, I played with my national team after one training,” he added. “So, what do people expect of us?

“Even with the [coronavirus] rules, I came in Wednesday night from Belgium and I wasn’t allowed to go to the club because we had to do Covid tests so I couldn’t’ do any regeneration. It’s the same for everybody, we still play but sometimes we are tired.”

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Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa has praised Arsenal and Mikel Arteta ahead of Sunday’s Premier League meeting. Both Leeds and the Gunners are looking to make amends as domestic action returns following the international break, having suffered humbling losses last time out. Leeds went down 4-1 at Crystal Palace and Arsenal were brushed aside at home by Aston Villa, and meet for the second time in 2020 this weekend.

A brace from Dominic Calvert-Lewin helped Everton return to winning ways after a five-goal thriller at Fulham, who suffered penalty disappointment yet again. Carlo Ancelotti saw the England striker net twice in the first half to take his club tally for the season to 13, with 10 of them in the Premier League, while Abdoulaye Doucoure’s first goal for the Toffees proved key in the end. Fulham had responded well to Calvert-Lewin’s bright opener with Bobby Decordova-Reid equalising soon after, but slack play at the back had them set for another defeat before they were handed a lifeline in the 67th minute.

United saw off winless West Brom 1-0 to earn their first home Premier League win of the campaign.

David Moyes has decided not to risk Michail Antonio when West Ham visit Sheffield United this afternoon. Fabian Balbuena starts at Bramall Lane after the in-form defender only arrived back late on Thursday after internatonal duty with Paraguay, while Angelo Ogbonna has shaken off a groin injury to take his place in defence. One player Moyes has no concerns over after the international break is Declan Rice.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has once again sought to quieten suggestions that he could be tempted to take the managerial reins with his native Germany. The future of long-serving current incumbent Joachim Low – who has held the role since succeeding Jurgen Klinsmann in 2006, winning the World Cup eight years later – has been subject to plenty of speculation of late, with Die Mannschaft suffering a humiliating 6-0 defeat by Spain in the Nations League in midweek – their heaviest loss for 89 years. Klopp has inevitably been linked with the post again as one of Germany’s most successful current managers, though insists that he has no interest in a new challenge as things stand as he battles to try and get injury-hit Liverpool in a position to defend their first Premier League title for three decades.

Former Labour cabinet minister Lord Hain would welcome the seven-time world champion becoming Sir Lewis Hamilton.

The Warwickshire paceman was included in the one-day international squad against South Africa and impressed in an intra-squad warm-up game.


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